Aquila 120 aerial

DB Symmetry plans 120,000 sq ft Knowsley industrial unit

Developer DB Symmetry has submitted a planning application to Knowsley Council to transform a 175,000 sq ft former manufacturing facility at Huyton Business Park into a 120,000 sq ft industrial unit to meet regional occupier demand.

The refurbishment will include the demolition of a 25,000 sq ft office building to improve the loading and yard areas on the 9.4-acre site. In addition, a large proportion of mezzanine offices will be removed from within the warehouse itself, improving loading access to the unit.

Darren Hill at CBRE and Andrew Lynn from JLL have been appointed to market the unit, branded as Aquila 120, and work will commence on-site in April 2016, pending planning approval, with completion scheduled for September 2016. The refurbished unit will be available to lease or purchase.

Huyton Business Park is located at Tarbock Island interchange at J6 of the M62 and J1 of the M57. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is seven miles to the South. Local occupiers include Parcel Force, Olympic Oils and Lambrini-maker Halewood International Holdings.

Simon Dixon, associate development director at DB Symmetry, said: “With the severe shortage of top specification second hand units of 100,000 sq ft plus, we are expecting a strong level of demand for what will be a unique proposition. With its strategic location adjacent to the major motorway networks, Aquila 120 is likely to appeal to owner occupiers, warehousing and distribution occupiers and, with the added USP of 4MW of power, we anticipate interest from manufacturers.”

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